Doulas are making a difference for families worldwide.DONA International is the leader in evidence-based doula training, certification and continuing education. Our doulas are the world's best! What is a doula?
I want to FIND a doula.
Parents, DONA International can help you connect with a professional, highly skilled birth or postpartum doula in your area.
I want to BECOME a doula.
It’s an incredible time to start your journey as a birth or postpartum doula. Let’s explore this path together.
“If a doula were a drug, it would be unethical not to use it.”
We’re Here for You
DONA International is member driven and we are here to support you! Connect with the professional staff in our home office, a member of the board of directors or your state/regional representative.
Recommendations Regarding COVID-19
DONA International recognizes how incredibly challenging the COVID-19 pandemic is for doulas, DONA members, and parents who are expecting or have recently had a new baby. Visit our COVID-19 response page for our toolkit, a letter to hospital administrators and more.
DONA International offers in-person and online webinars for continuing education for our doulas and birth professionals alike!
Due to COVID-19, our 2021 Summit will be held online. Visit our annual conference website and continuing education page to find a learning experience to enhance your doula skills (practice) or doula business.
Reporters and Editors… Let’s talk!
Every week, DONA International is contacted by reporters and editors around the world. As representatives of the world’s leading doula organization, we’d love to talk as we increase awareness about the benefits of doula support to families globally!
DONA International and our doulas have contributed to many articles including pieces by The New York Times, Essence magazine, The Washington Post, The Bump, Fit Pregnancy, and more!
Once you complete your DONA International doula training you’ll have all of the knowledge and skills you need to get out there and start serving pregnant people and new families. Then It’s time to find those first three certifying families to support! It can be...
This past year has been a tumultuous one for most people. The emergence of COVID-19 turned our world upside down as our loved ones fell ill, our children schooled from home and our employment changed in major ways. It was, and still is, a time of drastic adjustment,...
In early 2020, when COVID-19 began to spread across the world, and most hospitals and birth centers revised their visitor policies, many doulas scrambled to offer their clients the best support they could over the phone via FaceTime, or through a webcam set up in...
I became a birth doula because I thought birth was beautiful – and it certainly can be. But I’ll never forget the first birth I attended that forced me to see the dark side of birth. The side that makes your heart ache and brings tears to your eyes. Unfortunately, the...